Is it so Wrong to be Nice? Let’s Pay it Forward!



Sometimes I wonder if it’s a good thing if you are labeled a nice person. I  know that I do try to be kind to the universe each day.  I am not a people pleaser, but  just someone who really cares and is passionate about things.  According to some, being a good person will never make you a financial success in life. That’s okay, I’d rather be able to look myself in the mirror each morning.

I’m not “Mother Superior” as one of my American internet friends calls me, nor even The Mother Theresa of Punk Rock.  I have been far from perfect and have done some things I am not proud of — but I have always believed in keeping promises and paying it forward. Good things can often come because of our generosity with our time and knowledge. Gratitude may serve as an effective motivation leading to others paying it forward.

For 51 years the Dunlop family has patiently waited for the town of Carleton Place to pay it forward with a verbal promise once told to them years ago. There would have been no Industrial Park without their quick co-operation. It would be fair to conclude that good things will happen to the receiver and giver of generosity and kindness, and that the effect might become contagious. Our town could use some goodwill these days and maybe this gesture could be a beginning of something for our town. Maybe I’m wrong–but we take so many things in life for granted and don’t realize what life would be like without them. Has being altruistic become a lost art?

Being nice is not a bad thing, but there are always some people that are wary, and why do they insist that you are trying to hide something?   Frankly, it might be a better world if people were not so suspicious of those with a smile and a good word and deed, as we are truly trying to be earnest. Let’s think about doing the right thing for a family that supported the town of Carleton Place since 1828.

Please share this and always try to ”pay it forward”. Thank you to all involved in helping the Dunlop/Kenny family maybe finally get some closure at Tuesday’s October 13th council meeting.

The Ottawa Journal, 16 Dec 1953, Wed, Page 36

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Thanks to Jerry Flynn and Volundur Wally Thorbjornsson for their compassion and help

History of the Dunlops

Rescuing the Money Pits —The Dunlop Homes— Adam Dunlop

Rescuing the Money Pits —The Other Dunlop Home with the Coffin Door—James Dunlop

Who Was Clayton Kenny? Carleton Place’s Pride and Joy

The Dunlop House — Saturday is the End of an Era in Carleton Place

The Name Game —The Dunlops and the North Industrial Park

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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